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Winter Activities on Long Island’s North Fork Warms up Every Traveler

February 5th, 2014 by QuintessentialsInc

Welcome to 2014 on the East End of Long Island, New York. Mother Nature has been covering the land, from Peconic Bay, to Long Island Sound, with powdery snow and tree sculptures abound announcing winter’s beauty. In the meantime, winter’s warmth appears in forms of exhilarating ice skating fun at Mitchell Park Ice Skating rink in Greenport, roaring fireplaces at the North Fork and South Fork wineries, and welcoming cups of hot, nutmeg chocolate at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa. There is something special for everybody who comes out to the Hamptons and the North Fork at this time of the year. Check out some of the fun winter activities below.

Skating in Mitchell Park

Skating in Mitchell Park, one of the winter activities in Greenport, NY near to Quintessentials B&B

 

1. During Long Island Winterfest “Live on the Vine” 2014 Music Festival Stay at Quintessentials

Winter Activities - Jazz on the Vine       Enjoy pampering and first class care at Quintessentials B&B and Spa as the base for your exploration of the North Fork and to groove to the music at the 7th Annual Live On the Vine Winterfest on Long Island, NY.

This year’s lineup on the East End runs six weekends, from February 7 to March 16, and includes top jazz acts and musicians covering new musical styles. The savvy traveler and music enthusiast will choose one of Quintessentials “Live On the Vine specials” on our website, which has something for everyone.

                                            The 2014 Long Island Winterfest appears this year as “Live on the Vine” Music Festival. Get cozy in a warm tasting room at one of the East End’s top wineries while enjoying some terrific music. This year, tickets offer more options than ever before. Now, you can select a General Admission Ticket, Day Pass, Weekend Pass or Festival Hopper. There are many Winterfest restaurant participants offering various specials.

Check the performance schedule and call Quintessentials at 631-477-9400 for additional information and to make a reservation.

 

2. Valentine’s Day all February at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa

Winter Activities - Valentine’s Day all FebruaryAll February long, is Valentine’s Day’s Celebration for visitors to the North Fork and for guests staying at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa.

Upon check-in at Quintessentials, guests enjoy a sumptuous spread to celebrate love: Delicious, hot appetizers, freshly baked cakes and cookies, and hand-dipped chocolates and a long-stem rose. Your choice of Sylvia’s nutmeg hot chocolate, or vino. That’s how we roll for Valentine’s.

Guests can call Quintessentials at 631-477-9400 to custom order your Valentine’s package for your special someone, or click on Specials on Quintessentials website. Gift Certificates are another good choice for that special Valentine.
Both the North Fork and the Hamptons on the East End are celebrating Valentine’s Day in a big way. Come on out to sample the treats of the small shops, boutiques, restaurants and wineries. These businesses are all participating in one form or another to make your Valentine’s the best ever throughout February.

 

3. Heart Tune-up 2014.      Chocolate – a guilty pleasure, mood enhancer. Mmm…the smell and the taste. The compounds in cocoa elevate serotonin and enhance a feeling of well-being, which is why many of us feel so good when we eat chocolate. Cocoa has a rich, intense, and slightly bitter taste in its raw form. It has lots of antioxidants, magnesium, and iron.

 

Winter Activities - Chocolate Lovers Body Wrap
Chocolate Lovers Body Wrap at Quintessentials Spa, East Marion, Long Island, NY
Chocolate is beneficial to the skin too. Cocoa contains glycerides, lipids and fats, which plumps up the skin and moisturizes. Used as a body wrap, chocolate detoxifies, firms, tones and moisturizes the skin. Chocolate lovers can revel in the indulgent pleasure of an aromatic chocolate body wrap at Quintessentials Spa this February and take advantage of our month-long Valentine’s offer.

 

4.  Sylvia’s Hot Chocolate for Two
Winter Activities - Sylvia’s Hot Chocolate for Two4 oz shaved milk chocolate
(Can substitute 3 tablespoon of powered cocoa)
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half milk
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cinnamon sticks as stirrer

Heat milk; add chocolate, whisk over low flame. Add hot water, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Pour into cups and add cinnamon stick stirrer. Serve and enjoy.

East End Long Island Restaurants, including North Fork

November 21st, 2013 by insideout

 

Food – fresh, organic, farm to table, multi-ethnic, mouth-watering, you name it, and you are invited to come and taste it.  Sample the delicious bounty prepared daily for you at the East End Long Island restaurants, including the North Fork eateries listed by local bed and breakfast chef, Sylvia Daley, owner of Quintessentials B&B in East Marion, NY.

Alure (631) 876.5300
Amano (631) 298.4800
Bonnie Jeans (631) 765.6766
BBQ Bill’s (631) 477.2300
Blue Canoe Oyster Bar / Grill (631) 477.6888
Braun’s Seafood Café (631) 734.6700
Bruce’s Cheese Emporium (631) 477.0023
Chequit Inn (631) 749.0118
Claudio’s (631) 477.0627
Coronet, The (631) 477.3894
Cuvee, La (631) 477.0066
Cooperage Inn (631) 727.8994
Cutchogue Diner (631) 734.9056
Elbow Room (631) 722.3292
First & South (631) 333.2200
Frisky Oyster, The (631) 477.4265
Front Street Station (631) 333.2050
Harbour Front Deli (631) 477.1878
Hellenic (631) 477.0138
Jamesport Manor (631) 722.0500
Jedediah Hawkins (631) 722.2900
La Capricciosa Brick Oven Pizza (631) 477.1625
Legends (631) 734.5123
Loft, The (631) 444.3080
Love Lane Kitchen (631) 298.8989
MAIN Market, The (631) 477.8803
Meson Ole (631) 477.0056
Noah’s (631) 477.6720
Northfork Table and Inn (631) 765.0177
Old Mill Inn (631) 298.8080
O’Malley’s (631) 765.2111
Orient by the Sea (631) 323.2424
Porto Bello (631) 477.1515
Ram’s Head Inn (631) 749.0811
Red Rooster (631) 734.8267
Riverhead Project (631) 284.9300
Rhumbline (631) 477.6922
Scrimshaw (631) 477.8882
Skippers (631) 477.2242
Soundview (631) 477.0666
Sunset Beach (631) 749.2001
Sweet Tomato (631) 749.4114
Tony’s Asian Fusion (631) 298.2158
Touch of Venice (631) 298.585
Tweed’s (631) 208.3151
Vine Street Cafe (631) 749.3210
Vines & Branches (631) 477.6800

Benefits of Massage Therapy at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast

November 6th, 2013 by insideout

You have the option of receiving rejuvenating and therapeutic massage therapy at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast.

Use the following guide to receive the maximum benefit and relaxation from a massage at Quintessentials Bed and Breakast and Spa.

Make your appointment, mentioning any specific requirements or restrictions.

Arrive a few minutes early. Prior to your massage you will receive a robe to change into. Most people prefer to remove all clothing and jewelry. During your massage, our therapist keeps your entire body draped and only undrapes the portion this is being massaged. If you feel more comfortable leaving your undergarments on, that’s fine too.

Once you are with your therapist you will be asked certain questions, such as whether there is anything you like to convey he/she should be aware of. Feel free to express your needs so as to receive attend ton to tense or trouble spots. Your therapist will ask you a few questions to ascertain the most optimum treatment for your session.

Relax; this is your time and time for your body and mind to release the worries and stresses of the day. Deep breathing and closing of your eyes will assist in your complete relaxation.

Let your therapist know if you are comfortable or uncomfortable, too warm or too cold, of if the massage pressure is too light or too intense.

Trust your massage therapist to move your limbs in whatever position is necessary for and during the massage.

Enjoy the massage and know that you are doing something very good for your body and your mind. You deserve this healthy interlude.

What can massage do for you? Massage therapy increases circulation, thus is nourishing to the entire body. Massage also promotes the release of by-products such as lactic acid, which is one of the causes of stiff and sore muscles. Quintessentials recommends monthly massages for health maintenance and to counteract the effects of daily stress.

Sylvia’s Cod Fish Cake Recipe

September 3rd, 2013 by insideout

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1 pound firm, fresh cod fillets, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 Tbs of crushed fresh thyme or dried Thyme
  • 1 egg
  • Season to taste using black pepper, salt & garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons oil for frying

 

Directions

Place the potatoes in a large pot of water; bring the water to a boil. Let the potatoes cook until they are almost tender.
Add the fish to the pot and let the fish and potatoes cook until they are both soft. Drain well and transfer the potatoes and fish to a large mixing bowl. Can substitute salmon fresh or canned.

Add onion, parsley, and egg to the bowl; season to taste using black pepper, seasoning salt & garlic powder; mash the mixture together. Mold the mixture into patties. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for an hour, this will blend the flavors and solidify mixture to avoid crumbling when frying.

For perfect even cakes, try using an ice-cream scoop to form balls and shape with hands. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sear the patties on both sides until golden brown, then lower heat and cook through. Drain on paper towels before serving.

Serve on a bed of baby spinach leaves, accompanied with Blue cheese, horseradish dressing.

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